We’re going to examine Friday’s MLB game between the Red Sox and Royals in this informative betting preview article. Can the Royals win their sixth game in a row tonight? Will the Red Sox freefall continue? Read this insightful piece culminating with a money line pick.
Red Sox and Royals begin Three Game Series in KC on Friday
The Royals will host the Red Sox on Friday at 8:10 PM ET. According to the MLB odds at WagerWeb, Kansas City is a -115 money line favorite, and the posted total is 8.0. This will be the first meeting of the season between these clubs. Boston was 6-1 versus Kansas City in 2014.
Yohan Pino will make his first start of the season for the Royals on Friday. He’ll be filling in for Yordano Ventura who’s been scratched from his scheduled start today. Pino has been excellent six relief appearances this year, posting a miniscule 0.64 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP, and compiling a better than 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He did make eleven starts for the Royals a season ago, and had a lofty 5.34 ERA in those outings. He’ll undoubtedly be on a strict pitch count today. That won’t be an issue since the Royals bullpen has been sensational this season with a staff ERA of 1.98, and that includes a terrific 1.38 at home.
Eduardo Rodriguez gets the starting assignment on the mound for Boston today. This will be his fifth start of the season. His first three were awesome as he posted a microscopic 0.44 ERA in those outings. His previous start was the polar opposite. In that start versus Toronto he allowed 9 earned runs, 8 hits, and walked 3 in only 4 2/3 innings pitched.
The Red Sox started the season by going 6-2, and since that time have gone 22-37 (.373) in their next 59 games. As a matter of fact, they’re a dismal 2-11 in their previous 13 overall. The Royals have won five in a row, and are a very good 8-2 in their last ten games. In the fine art of referring to an overused cliché, “these are two teams heading in opposite directions.” I’m siding with the small money line home favorite for one of my MLB picks on Friday.
MLB Pick: Play Kansas City -115 on the money line at WagerWeb